Wakefield and District Housing tenants claim victory against aerials charge

Kevin Dodd WDH
Kevin Dodd WDH

TENANTS have scored a victory against their landlords who tried to charge them extra for new television aerials.

In last week’s Express we reported the outrage of Wakefield and District Housing (WDH) tenants who were told they would have to pay an extra £50 a year on top of their television licence.

But WDH has now said it will stop the charge after representations were made by Mary Creagh MP. It will now consult with tenants before making a decision on the charge in April next year.

Chief executive Kevin Dodd said: “As a result of representations made by Mary Creagh MP, WDH has agreed to consult tenants fully about the services they receive and implement any revised charges in April 2012.”

WDH claimed the charge covered equipment and maintenance costs of new communal aerials, replacing those that were at least 20 years old.

It said the upgrades were necessary to enable the viewing of digital channels ahead of this month’s switchover.

Denis Sweeney, who complained about the proposed charge earlier this month, said he was very pleased that it had now been put on hold.

Mr Sweeney, of Monk Street, said: “It is very good news. If WDH is now willing to listen to us then we will certainly give it our opinions on it.”

Another resident Leon Clarke, of Linton Road, said he was going to start a petition against the charge.

Ms Creagh said: “I have been contacted by a number of residents with concerns about the extra charges relating to the digital switchover.

“I immediately raised the matter with WDH and am pleased that it has agreed to stop the charges pending a consultation with tenants.”